Anyone remember this cute guy? His name is Tiger and I ran a story about him in December, titled Paralyzed Dog Would Love A New Family For Christmas. Well, Christmas has come and gone, but I am thrilled share a happy update. The paralyzed dog disowned by his family has a new home. Tiger will be spending 2018 and beyond with his adopted pet mom and new Chihuahua housemates.
Sheila Choi, Founder of The Fuzzy Pet Foundation (TFPF) sent me the exciting news. TFPF took charge of Tiger’s care after he was abandoned. They worked hard to find him the best possible forever home.
A quick review of Tiger’s story
Tiger was brought to a veterinary hospital in Santa Monica, CA by his owners. He had suffered a slipped disc that required immediate surgery. The surgeon explained to Tiger’s family that it would take months for the little dog to recover. He also told them that even with surgery, the dog could remain paralyzed and incontinent. The family agreed for Tiger to have an extensive procedure called a Hemilaminectomy.
The surgery went well and Tiger was no longer in pain, but nine days later his family chose to abandon him. The sensations in his hind legs had not returned and they were faced with having to take care of a permanently disabled dog. His family wanted the veterinarian to euthanize him.
Tiger’s veterinarian took matters into his own hands and contacted The Fuzzy Pet Foundation for help. The organization took custody of Tiger and got him a set of Eddie’s Wheels to keep him mobile. They took charge of his ongoing care. And while they focused on his rehabilitation, Sheila and others at TFPF hoped one day Tiger would find a new home.
Sheila explained what happened next
“After Tiger’s story made multiple news headlines, Team TFPF received an out of this world application from Julie, a former veterinary technician now currently a registered nurse (RN), in Atlanta, GA. She stumbled on one of the news links on Facebook and clicked on it after seeing Tiger’s cute little photo. She read about his abandonment and his physical challenges, and knew she had the heart and skills to love and properly care for a paralyzed and incontinent dog.
Here’s an excerpt from Julie’s e-mail that brought us to tears: ‘I would love to see Tiger reach his full potential. And, if he never changes, he is perfect the way he is. Medically I am prepared to handle whatever needs Tiger may have… He deserves a wonderful rest of his life filled with love and acceptance and dignity. I can offer all to Tiger.’
Team TFPF packed our bags and winter gear to brave the unusually cold weather in Georgia. We hopped on the plane with Tiger and a suitcase full of diapers, blankets, and treats. We met Julie and her crew of Chihuahuas — all rescued, all gentle and beautiful, and all eagerly waiting to greet Tiger. Julie was in awe by Tiger’s cheerful disposition and his ability to move around with ease in his wheelchair. It was love at first sight! She couldn’t believe the same dog who pulled on her heartstrings via a news story would soon come to live with her… FINALLY!
Tiger is happy, comfortable, and adjusting well to his new home. He enjoys exploring the yard. Julie has already introduced him to his new vet and she is continuing his physical therapy sessions at the state-of-the-art North Georgia Veterinary Specialists.
Julie is thrilled to be taking him on this journey to reach his full potential.